New research reaffirms potential of China and India for retailers

11:09PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

New research reaffirms the potential of the Chinese and Indian markets for retailers, but categories such as fashion are being outshone by more “necessary” categories such as health.

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Media darling Mia Freedman features on new video platform Eventer

11:01PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Melbourne-based software development company Cogent has launched a new video platform to share events online, which has already featured big-name speakers including Mia Freedman.

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Smartphone app sends video messages

11:19PM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

When it comes to SMS, the revolution will be televised. A new iPhone app makes it as easy to record a video message as it is to send a text.

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Startup Weekend to launch 10,000 start-ups via new partnership

11:00AM | Thursday, 1 November 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Startup Weekend has teamed up with TechStars and Startup America to launch a new program dubbed Startup Weekend Next, which will aim to create 10,000 start-ups throughout the world.

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The triple C bottom line: Getting back to basics

10:38PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Marc Peskett

It’s easy to get distracted by bright shiny ideas and other wonderful things, but running a business requires that you never lose focus of the basics. BY MARC PESKETT.

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Corporate spending on Melbourne Cup spurs business opportunities: IBISWorld

10:50PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival will see spending increase by 4.1% on 2011, according to IBISWorld, which has highlighted oppportunities for retailers and regional tourism operators.

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Commercialisation Australia confirms grants pipeline flowing again

10:42PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Grants are back on the table, it seems, with Commercialisation Australia now confirming the organisation is handing out new grants to small businesses after a temporary freeze.

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Consumers still spending on clothes and technology: Nielsen

10:27PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Consumers are prioritising spending on new clothes, entertainment and technology, according to a Nielsen survey, which shows consumer confidence rose by eight points in the third quarter.

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Garden-in-a-bottle appeals to wannabe green thumbs

10:17PM | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Do you struggle to find the time to look after your plants? Now you can buy an instant garden in a bottle – just add water.

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Capture moments with a new lifelogging camera

10:20PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Have you ever witnessed something amazing that passed before you had a chance to take a photo? A new postage stamp-sized camera, called the Memoto, automatically takes two pictures every minute.

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Samsung and Toblerone among this year’s Shonkys

10:37PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can learn from the mistakes of this year’s Shonky award winners, which include Toblerone for its “ridiculous” serving sizes, and waterproofing technology that doesn’t work.

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StageBitz snags $890,000 from multiple investors

10:31PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Tech23 alumni StageBitz has raised $890,000 in funding from investors including ANU Connect Ventures and the Sydney Angels Sidecard Fund, as it seeks to revolutionise the arts industry.

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Refunds remain consumers’ biggest irk as group buying gripes soar

10:24PM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Refunds continue to be the main cause of consumer complaints across all product categories, according to figures from NSW Fair Trading, as group buying and discount deals gripes escalate.

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Co-founder of German start-up Jimdo visits Oz – here are his five top tips

10:00AM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups should look beyond the United States and make careful considerations before accepting funding offers, says the co-founder of successful German start-up Jimdo.

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Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

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Look for a “natural invitation” to promote Halloween, retailers told

10:37PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers should only promote Halloween if there is a natural invitation from their customers, an expert says, after a retail body revealed figures highlighting the rise of Halloween in Australia.

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Govt highlights role of innovation in Asian Century white paper

10:32PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have praised the Federal Government for the goals outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper, including a vision to transform Australia’s innovation system.

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Toll to challenge Australia Post in parcel deliveries

10:09PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Transport and logistics firm Toll is squaring up for a fight with Australia Post to take a greater share of the parcel delivery business.

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Body-lengthening gym class reaches new heights

10:05PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A six-week gym class in the UK promises to add at least two centimetres to your height or it will refund the cost of the class. It’s a concept that’s sure to find a growing market.

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Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

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